Mediator Dei 104

Baptism dignity invites and draws the believer to something more than presence at Mass, or even “just” participation. The Eucharist inspires us to union with Christ, to the priest, and presumably to one another.

104. Let the faithful, therefore, consider to what a high dignity they are raised by the sacrament of baptism. They should not think it enough to participate in the eucharistic sacrifice with that general intention which befits members of Christ and children of the Church, but let them further, in keeping with the spirit of the sacred liturgy, be most closely united with the High Priest and His earthly minister, at the time the consecration of the divine Victim is enacted, and at that time especially when those solemn words are pronounced, “By Him and with Him and in Him is to Thee, God the Father almighty, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory for ever and ever”;[Roman Missal, Canon of the Mass] to these words in fact the people answer, “Amen.” Nor should Christians forget to offer themselves, their cares, their sorrows, their distress and their necessities in union with their divine Savior upon the cross.

Mediator Dei on the Vatican web site.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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